To celebrate our 45th anniversary we look back at 45 moments that changed the Middle East and how Arab News covered them

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1

When Sadat went to Israel

By Hani Hazaimeh ·
3

The revolution that sparked Iran’s hostility

By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh ·
4

The siege of Makkah

By Rawan Radwan ·
5

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan

By Rahimullah Yusufzai ·
6

Saudi Arabia’s Aramco takeover

By Frank Kane ·
7

The Iran-Iraq War’s long aftermath

By Sir John Jenkins ·
8

The founding of the GCC

By Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheg ·
9

The Sabra and Shatila massacre

By Eyad Abu Shakra ·
10

US Marines bombed in Beirut

By NAJIA HOUSSARI ·
11

El-Moutawakel’s Olympic win

By Lina Almaeena ·
12

The Arab world’s first satellite

By Nidhal Guessoum ·
13

Saudi prince’s journey into space

By Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi ·
14

Palestine’s first intifada

By Daoud Kuttab ·
15

Naguib Mahfouz's Nobel Prize in Literature

By Abdellatif El-Menawy ·
17

Taif’s peace pact for Lebanon

By Randa Takieddine ·
18

The fall of the Berlin Wall

By Ross Anderson ·
19

The invasion of Kuwait

By Khaled Almaeena ·
20

When Boutros-Ghali became UN secretary-general

By Dr. Abdellatif El-Menawy ·
21

Oslo Accords’ peace promise

By RAY HANANIA ·
22

The bombing of Khobar Towers

By Mahmoud Ahmad ·
23

Conflict in Kosovo

By EMINA OSMANDZIKOVIC ·
24

The 9/11 attacks by Al-Qaeda

By Jonathan Gornall ·
26

The rise of Turkey’s AKP

By Yasar Yakis ·
27

The US war on Iraq

By Siraj Wahab ·
28

The assassination of Hariri

By Faisal J. Abbas ·
29

The birth of the iPhone

By Arkan Aladnani ·
30

2008’s global financial crisis

By Frank Kane ·
32

Burj Khalifa: The world’s tallest tower

By Peter Harrison ·
33

Where the Arab Spring began

By Jonathan Lessware ·
34

Mubarak’s resignation: Behind the scenes

By Abdellatif El-Menawy ·
35

Syrian conflict has defined the region and beyond

By SHARIF NASHASHIBI ·
36

The death of Osama bin Laden

By BAKER ATYANI ·
37

The rise and fall of Daesh

By Peter Welby ·
38

The civil war in Yemen

By Saeed Al-Batati ·
39

The drowning of Aylan Kurdi

By EMINA OSMANDZIKOVIC ·
40

Unveiling Saudi Vision 2030

By Faisal J. Abbas ·
41

The boycott of Qatar

By Mohammed Al-Sulami ·
42

The day Saudi women could drive

By Mo Gannon ·
43

The downfall of Omar Bashir

By Jonathan Lessware ·
44

The strike on Iran’s Soleimani

By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh ·
45

The coronavirus pandemic

By Jonathan Gornall ·